Five Great iPhone Features You Should Be Using

There’s a lot to love about the iPhone, and it can be overwhelming at times. Apple’s smartphone includes thousands of handy features tucked away in places you might never discover unless someone told you about them.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 1, 2022

There’s a lot to love about the iPhone, and it can be overwhelming at times. Apple’s smartphone includes thousands of handy features tucked away in places you might never discover unless someone told you about them. Here are five great features.

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Silence Unknown Callers

If you are tired of interruptions by phone calls from unknown numbers or spammers, you can silence them completely.

First, head to:

Settings> Phone > Silence Unknown Callers

and toggle Silence Unknown Callers to ON. Refer to the below image:

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Enabling Silence Unknown Callers

While enabled, all calls from numbers that are not in your Contacts list will go straight to voicemail without ringing. You will still see silent notifications for the calls if your iPhone is unlocked.

Customize Your Control Center

Control Center allows you to quickly access media playback controls, system volume, Wi-Fi settings, your screen’s brightness, and more. (To see it, swipe down from the upper right-hand corner of the screen on phones with Face ID, and swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen on iPhones with Home buttons.). See the below image:

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Your Control Center

Control Center also includes a customizable slate of shortcut buttons that you can change to suit your needs. To customize, head to:

Settings > Control Center

Here you can add or remove Control Center shortcuts to functions like the flashlight, timer, calculator, low power mode, Apple TV remote, and much more.

Enable Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb mode (which is part of a feature called Focus) is a great way to silence all of your notifications when you do not want to be disturbed. You can schedule it to turn on and off automatically, or just turn it on manually. Head to:

Settings > Focus

and activate the option, or when using Control Center (tap the crescent moon icon). See the following image:

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Accessing Focus option

When activated, your iPhone will not ring or vibrate with calls, and you will not hear alerts from any notifications. You can toggle it OFF quickly at any time using Control Center.

Use AirDrop

AirDrop allows you to easily share photos, videos, and other files from your iPhone with other nearby Apple device owners. It works locally through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and you can find the AirDrop option under the Share menu.

To use it, open the Share sheet in almost any app (tap the square with the arrow coming up out of it), then select the AirDrop icon, which looks like a bunch of concentric circles with a wedge cut out of it. Then choose who you want to share with, and your files will be beamed wirelessly to the other device. AirDrop must be enabled and configured properly on both devices. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing AirDrop

Enable Low Power Mode

If you find yourself running out of battery power before the end of the day, you can extend your battery life by turning on Low Power Mode. When Low Power Mode is on, your iPhone will disable background tasks, reduce screen brightness, and your iPhone’s screen will darken faster when idle. To enable, head to:

Settings > Battery

and toggle Low Power Mode to ON. See the below image:

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Enabling Low Power Mode

You can also add a Control Center shortcut that will let you toggle Low Power Mode quickly with a swipe and a tap.

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